Facts and Events
Thomas Scott was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of Thomas Scott
- Thomas Scott's Last Will and Testament
- In the name of God Amen, the Twenty Fourth Day of March in the year of our Lord 1795. I Thomas Scott of Rockbridge County and state of Virginia being sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to god therefore calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die do make and and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors and as touching such such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me in this life. I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I order and it is my will that all my Just Debts and funeral charges be paid by my Executors.
- --I promise I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah one third Part of all my movable Estate forever and one third part of either of my Plantations (which ever one she chooses) during her Widowhood and no longer but in case she Continues a widow I allow it during her life.
- --Item, I give & Bequeath to my son Andrew Scott twenty shillings Current money having given him his preportionable share already.
- --Item, I give and bequeath unto my two Daughters, Sarah and Margaret, what Land I have located by William Clendinon on the western waters to be equally divided between them to them their Heirs and Assigns forever and a Horse saddle and Bridle and Bed and Cloathing.
- --Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John a Plantation containing by Patent one hundred Acres adjoining the (northwest side of the) Land I now live on allowing the Creek that Comes from Samuel Beech’s to be the line Between him and his Brother Smith except at the Spring that John now makes use of I allow John a passage to the spring over the Creek of a pole wide and a pole wide all round the Spring together with the land between the line of the 100 acres above mentioned and the creek from the lower end of it to Valentine Miller’s line being part of a Tract of Land I bought from Joseph Brown and Fifty acres by Patent lying on the East side of the above mentioned 100 acres is now contested in law and if it should be lost or any part of it to me or any of my Heirs I allow him an equal divide of the remainder of my Land that I possess in Rockbridge County to be divided by themselves if they can agree but if they cannot it is to be divided by men to be chosen by themselves to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
- --Item, I give and bequeath unto my son William Harrison Scott a Plantation lying in Augusta County on the waters of Buchanan’s Mill Creek containing about three Hundred Acres to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
- --Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Smith the Land I possess in this County on the west side of the Creek that runs by my Door except the Cave before the Dore and an Acre around it from the Creek to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
- --Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas the remainder of my Land on the East side of the Creek together with the Cave and an acre round it on the west side of the Creek, to him his Heirs and assigns forever.
- --Farther, I order and it is my will that if my Executor thinks proper that the remainder of my movable Estate be laid out the purchase of slaves to be kep'd on the Plantation whereon I live till my son Thomas survives to Twenty one years of age and their labour to go to the schooling and support of the family till that time then afterwards as soon as can be done the slaves and their Increase if any is to be equally divided between my four youngest sons John, William Harrison, Smith, and Thomas.
- --Farther, I order and it is my will if any of my four youngest sons should die before they arrive to twenty one years of age their share shall be equally divided amongst the survivors of these last mentioned four.
- --lastly, I do make ordain constitute and appoint my Beloved wife Sarah Executrix and my son John together with my Brother in law William Hanley, Executors of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly Revoke Disallow and disannul every other former Wills Testaments Legacies and bequeaths by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
- --In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and year above written.
- Thos. Scott (his seal)
- Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Thomas Scott as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us the
- John Houston
- Hugh Wilson
- Andrew Harper
- Be it known to all men by these presents that I Thomas Scott of Rockbridge County and state of Virginia have made and declare my last will and Testament in writing bearing date the Twenty fourth Day of March 1795. I the said Thomas Scott by this present Codicil do ratify and confirm my said last will and Testament and I do give and bequeath unto my Daughters Sarah and Margaret Scott their living and Maintainance on any of my Plantations that they shall choose while they live single but to lease as soon as they shall get married and to my Beloved wife Sarah the use of my Negroe wench Lucy and her child Ben during her life if she remains a widow, and at her Deceas or marriage the said two Negroes and the increas of Lucy if any more is to be equally divided between my four youngest sons or the survivors of them according to my last will and Testament and my will and meanings is that this Codicil or schedule shall be adjudged to be part and Parcel of my last will and Testament and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and amply in every Respect as if the same were declared and set down in my said Last will and Testament.
- Witness my hand this Nineteenth Day of October 1796.
- (signed) Thomas Scott
- John Houston
- Walter Currie
- At a Court held for Rockbridge County February 7th 1797
- This writing purporting the last will and Testament of Thomas Scott deceased with the Codicil annexed was produced in Court by Sarah Scott executrix & John Scott & Wm. Hanly Exors therein named & proved by the subscribing witnesses to law Certificate granted them for obtaining probate thereof in one form they having with John Houston & John Davidson their securities acknowledged bond in the Sum of £2000 Conditioned according to Law.
- Teste A. Reid CC.
- [Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 2, pp. 2-5].
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ancestry World Tree.